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Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT) and the University of Massachusetts Boston today jointly announced the launch of a 12-month fellowship program in the US to train 120 school teachers over three years, with the aim of fostering excellence in science education among students from disadvantaged areas of Boston and New York.
The one-year Wipro Fellowship program for teachers is aimed at developing competencies and galvanizing their leadership potential to make them catalysts of change in their schools, districts and among educators.
"The US is the cradle of innovation. This program is part of Wipro's efforts to align with US' goal to engender an environment that continues to instill and nurture scientific temper and innovative spirit among young people,” said
T.K. Kurien, Chief Executive Officer of IT business and Executive Director, Wipro Ltd.
The program, to be entirely funded by Wipro, will identify 40 experienced science teachers in the Boston and New York areas — from those engaged with kindergarten to grade 12 — every year, after a rigorous selection process. The nomination process for the fellowship will commence in January 2013 and the selection is due to be completed by March 2013. The course is scheduled to begin on September 1, 2013.
Selected teachers will undergo 250 hours of intense capability development training by a team led by Arthur Eisenkraft, distinguished Professor of Science Education and Director of the ‘Centre of Science and Math in Context’ (COSMIC) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Each teacher will continue to teach in their respective schools, and during the duration of the fellowship, they will also engage with local communities and other interested teachers to catalyze broader improvement. The program deeply integrates three dimensions to help enable this: leadership, reflective practice and adult learning.
The program involves a comprehensive set of activities that will seek to improve teachers’ pedagogical and content knowledge with the aim of boosting the performance of underprivileged students.